Iza Calzado appeals to MTRCB to reconsider X rating of ‘Bliss’

  • Page Views 2359
  • Responding to the X rating the Movie and Television Review Classification Board gave her upcoming film “Bliss,” lead star Iza Calzado is appealing to the review board to reconsider.

    “Mawalang galang lang po sa MTRCB, nais kong lang pong maliwanagan kung ano yung standards natin ng X na pelikula. Bakit yung ibang mga foreign films na mas grabe pa ang mga eksena puwedeng maipalabas sa atin, at ang ‘Bliss’ hindi puwede? Hindi naman po porn ang pelikula namin. Sana kapag napalabas ang pelikula, tayo ang humusga,” she said.

    “I’d like to believe that my director—the award winning director of Heneral Luna—is a responsible director. Sana the film [would] be given a chance to be seen by the Filipino audience. Sana rin, this opens a discussion on our film rating standards,” Iza said in a statement furnished to InterAksyon by her manager, Noel Ferrer.

    For her portrayal of the film’s ill-fated lead character Jane Ciego, Iza won her first international acting recognition when she was honored with the Yakushi Pearl Award for Best Performer in the Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan earlier this month.

    Ferrer ascribed the X rating to “explicit nudity” and told InterAksyon that the MTRCB committee’s report credited the nudity to Iza and another actress, Adrienne Vergara, who portrays a menacing nurse.

    The X rating means the MTRCB deems “Bliss” unfit for public exhibition. However, the producers can appeal the rating and submit the film for reevaluation.

    In most cases, producers are forced to edit out the scenes deemed offensive by the review board which might then give the film an R-18 or R-16 rating upon second or third review.

    But Iza’s appeal suggests that she prefers “Bliss” to be shown in its entirety and not watered down with further editing.

    In an earlier interview with InterAksyon, the film’s director, Jerrold Tarog, declined to discuss the details of the issue just yet.

    For its part, the film’s producer TBA Studios furnished InterAksyon with this press statement.

    “We understand and respect the decision of the MTRCB reviewing committee regarding the film ‘Bliss.’ We are currently going through the process of submitting an appeal for a second review and hope for a more favorable result.” (E. sallan, Interaksyon)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 22 September 2022
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Vhong Navarro under NBI custody for rape charge

      Metro Manila — TV host and actor Vhong Navarro remains under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) as of Tuesday, a day after he was slapped with two arrest warrants over complaints filed by model-stylist Deniece Cornejo in 2014. Navarro’s camp has yet to file a motion ...

    • 22 September 2022
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Meet and greet with Jinny, Ramon and Surrey Forward

      The Surrey Forward party is ready to serve the city and its residents. Surrey Forward is fielding Jinny Sims as mayoral candidate in the October 15, 2022 local election, and the party also has seven candidates for council. One of these candidates is Filipino Canadian financial professional Ramon Bandong. ...

    • Queen-Elizabeth-King-Charles-2022
      15 September 2022
      3 weeks ago No comment

      Farewell Queen Elizabeth, Long live King Charles!

      The world is mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, U.K.’s longest-serving monarch, who died on September 8 at the age of 96. Queen Elizabeth, whose reign spanned 70 years, was succeeded to the throne by her eldest son Charles, who has been proclaimed as King Charles III. The ...

    • 08 September 2022
      4 weeks ago No comment

      Filipino concert scene returns to Vancouver

      After a long hiatus because of COVID-19, the Filipino concert scene is revving up in Vancouver. A series of shows has been lined up starting in the month of September 2022, and ReyFort Media Group is calling on the community to support these events. The ReyFort Media Group wants ...

    • 01 September 2022
      1 month ago No comment

      Boni Barcia’s summer soiriee with B.C. NDP and Filipino community

      Boni Barcia hosted a summer party at his Coquitlam residence, which saw leading figures with the ruling B.C. NDP government rubbing elbows with members of the Filipino community. Among those in attendance at the August 28, 2022 bash was David Eby, presumed frontrunner in the race to become the ...

    %d bloggers like this: